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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Alfred Cobb Howlett

    The following are the appointments of the Pacific Conference for the present year:
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    MARYSVILLE DISTRICT--B. R. Johnson, P.E.--Yolo Circuit, J. G. Johnson; Yuba City Circuit, R. A. Latimer; Penn Valley Circuit, D. M. Rice; Colusa Valley, J. G. Shelton, J. M. Lovell; Chico Valley, F. G. Grey, G. E. Dean; Red Bluff Circuit, A. C. Howlett; Nevada and Grass Valley Circuit, R. R. Baldwin; Shasta Circuit, John M. Ward; Stony Creek Circuit, L. T. Hawkins.
"Appointments," Visalia Weekly Delta, October 15, 1859, page 2


Howlett, Alfred C. and Cooke, Sarah E., married 1863 in Clackamas County
Oregon Historical Records Index


    [In 1863 Isaiah L. Hopkins] was sent to Jacksonville Circuit, where he remained but eight months. Here he erected a church, doing much of the work with his own hands. He was changed by his presiding elder to the Williamsburg and Kerbyville Circuit, two mining towns. He rented a parsonage, but so attentive were the people to the preacher's wants that his whole expenditure for the year amounted to but twenty-five cents, and that was spent for soda to raise his biscuits. On the day that he reached Williamsburg his quarterly meeting was to be held. The presiding elder got word during the day that his wife was very ill. He had no money, and there was no time to raise him any. Brother Hopkins gave him all he had--two dollars. That evening he went into an old, deserted miner's cabin to secret prayer, and as he knelt down he saw lying before him on the table a ten-dollar gold piece. He looked upon this as a special providence, and as a gift from that God whose hand knows just where to place those things his children need.
    Here the citizens bought a saloon and converted it into a church. As on the former occasion, the counter was transformed into a pulpit.
    He found it necessary to leave Oregon for the milder climate of California. Accordingly, in company with the Revs. D. M. Rice and A. C. Howlett, he set out across the mountains on his journey. During the trip the horses of Rice and Howlett were stolen. They borrowed other horses and proceeded on their journey. Just before reaching Colusa they passed two men on their stolen horses. Without saying a word to them, they rode on into Colusa, got out warrants and had them arrested as they rode into town. The preachers got possession of their property, and the men were sent to the state's prison for a term of three years.
John C. Simmons, The History of Southern Methodism on the Pacific Coast, Nashville 1886, pages 216-217


    A. C. Howlett also came recommended from the Vacaville and Putah Circuit. He filled two appointments in California, and was then sent to Oregon, where he labored until the organization of the Columbia Conference [page 330].
John Collinsworth Simmons, The History of Southern Methodism on the Pacific Coast, Nashville 1886, page 255


    The Columbia Conference was organized by Bishop H. H. Kavanaugh, September, 1866. The following preachers were present, and took part in the organization: C. H. E. Newton, A. E. Sears, James Kelsay, D. C. McFarland, J. B. Short, Levi Van Slyke, W. A. Finley, R. C. Martin, D. M. Rice, Thomas Brown, A. C. Howlett, J. Emery, J. W. Craig and R. C. Oglesby.
John Collinsworth Simmons, The History of Southern Methodism on the Pacific Coast, Nashville 1886, page 340


Declaration of Sarah E. Howlett to hold Separate Property
    I, Sarah E. Howlett, wife of A. C. Howlett of Jackson County Oregon hereby declare my intention to hold in my own name and subject exclusively to my Control the following personal property,
One Bay mare and her Sucking Colt the Mare is five years of age and branded on the left side
One White Cow and her Sucking Calf the Calf is a Bull Calf a Roan the Cow is branded on the left Hip thus JB and C on the right hip Ear marked as follows, a split in each Ear and an under bit in the right Ear.
One hundred and seventeen head of Sheep and lambs the most of them are marked with a Crop and under bit in the left Ear and a spilt in the right Ear. The remainder are in different ear marks.
Sarah E. Howlett           
State of Oregon, County of Jackson s.s.
    I Sarah E. Howlett first being duly sworn depose and say that the foregoing list of property and rights therein described belong to me that I acquired them from the Estate of my Father W. W. Cook late of Clackamas County Oregon deceased and that no part of said property was acquired by my said husband.
Subscribed and sworn to                 )                                         Sarah E. Howlett
before me this June 21st 1878      )
Silas J. Day Co. Judge
    Jackson County Oregon
Filed and recorded June the 21st A.D. 1878
                               E. D. Foudray Co. Clerk
Jackson County Register of Married Women's Separate Property


    A. C. Howlett and wife to M. E. Willoughby, 80 acres of land. Consideration $200.
"Transfers of Real Estate," Oregon City Enterprise, July 4, 1878, page 3


    The Jacksonville Times says: A ewe belonging to A. C. Howlett, of Big Butte, recently gave birth to a pair of lambs joined together at the breast, and having but one head and two eyes. Otherwise they were perfectly formed. Mr. Howlett has stuffed this monstrosity, which looks as natural as if living. It may be seen at his residence.
"State News," Eugene City Guard, July 12, 1879, page 1


    Only one dissentient in this school district on any question, so our school meeting was harmonious.
    The newly elected director is A. C. Howlett, new clerk Jos. Wisdom, both elected by acclamation.
"Big Butte Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 17, 1880, page 3


    The family of Rev. A. C. Howlett, who resides on the divide between the Little and Big Butte creeks, in Jackson County, is severely afflicted. All of his children, eight in number, were taken down with diphtheria some time since. Saturday a boy of 14, and on Monday another boy, died of this terrible disease, and a third was not expected to live when the messenger left. Among the 5 surviving children, only 3 seem to be showing any favorable symptoms.
"Southern Oregon," Oregonian, Portland, August 10, 1881, page 1


THE DREADED DIPHTHERIA.
    Diphtheria is raging in some portions of Jackson [County], many malignant cases being reported. The entire family of Rev. A. C. Howlett, consisting of eight members, are down with this scourge, and several are not expected to live.
"Northern Coast Items," San Francisco Examiner, August 11, 1881, page 3


DIED.
HOWLETT--On Big Butte, July 30th, 1881, Alford Willis Howlett, aged 14 years and 7 days. August 1st, Bertie Prescott Howlett, aged 4 years and 11 days. August 2nd, Martha Ellen Howlett, aged 5 years, 6 months and 17 days. August 5th, Wilber Herbert Howlett, aged 7 years, 9 months and 4 days. Children of A. C. and S. E. Howlett, all of whom died of diphtheria.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, August 13, 1881, page 3


    FIRE.--The residence of H. C. Wilkinson on Big Butte was destroyed by fire on Friday evening last week, together with all its contents, and all the barns and outbuildings proved a total loss. We have heard no estimate as to what the loss will amount to, but the fire is generally supposed to be the work of an incendiary. Mr. Howlett and family occupied the premises at the time of the fire, and they are also heavy losers.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, August 12, 1882, page 3


DIED.
HOWLETT--At Sams Valley, Sept. 3rd, Bessie Ish, daughter of A. C. and S. E. Howlett, aged 1 year, 6 months and 21 days.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 9, 1882, page 3

    Last Sunday night we had a temperance meeting; Rev. M. A. Williams opened it with reading two passages from the Book of Proverbs, singing and prayer, after which he led off with one of his characteristic speeches in which he presented the moral and financial phases of the subject, advocated prohibition and denounced the license system. A call was then made for Rev. A. C. Howlett, and although the call was unexpected he said that he was always ready to speak on the subject of temperance and Christianity, he presented the mental and physical side of the question and was afterward called upon to give his ideas of the hereditary effect of alcohol, which he did, showing clearly and conclusively that the effect is transmitted from parent to child, advocated prohibition and laid the sin of liquor curse at the door of the men who vote for liquor men or to perpetuate the liquor parties. Geo. Brown, one of our merchants, was then called to the stand; he spoke to the effect of a mother's influence in his own case and that of his six brothers, and referred to the fact that our great men, our Websters etc. have drunk their liquor, passed away and their children have been lost sight of, but our great men, Lincolns, Garfields etc. spring from men of temperate habits. The name of A. L. Haselton was then called; he came forward and read an essay, setting forth some of the intemperance customs that prevail among the fair sex, for instance, squeezing a number seven foot into a number two shoe and encircling a number twenty-four waist in a no. sixteen corset, etc. We had a very enjoyable time, and the exercises closed with a benediction by A. C. Howlett.
"From Eagle Point, Jackson County," Roseburg Review, September 25, 1885, page 4


BORN.
    At Eagle Point, Jackson County, Oct. 31, to the wife of Rev. A. C. Howlett, a son.
The Coast Mail, Marshfield, November 19, 1885, page 3


DIED.
HOWLETT--Near Eagle Point, Aug. 21st, 1886, of an infection of the brain and spine, William Cobb, infant son of A. C. and S. E. Howlett, aged 9 months and 21 days.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 4, 1886, page 3


    Rev. A. C. HOWLETT, the newspaper correspondent, made us a substantial call Monday and left his measure for the Mail. Come around again, Dick.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, June 9, 1893, page 2  Howlett was the Valley Record's Eagle Point correspondent under the pseudonym "Dick."


    Uncle "DICK" HOWLETT was in Medford Saturday and as is his usual custom gave us an item of news like this: There were married, at the residence of the bride's parents, in Brownsboro, on November 30th, Mr. Henry Reynolds and Miss Mary A. Casto. Rev. A. C. Howlett, who is no other than the genial "Dick," performed the ceremony with the grace and dignity peculiar to his everyday demeanor--forgetting not the customary admonitions which if followed are such profitable adjuncts to a pleasant and prosperous life. The groom has a ranch on Little Butte Creek, and it was to this home that he took his newmade bride. The Mail hopes their lives may be as full of sunshine as Uncle "Dick" would wish them to be.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, December 7, 1893, page 3


Dick Is Facetious and Complimentary.
    "It was Saturday--a big day in the Mail office. Messrs Bliton & York bought--you bet they did. It is not best to be going around town asking what these gentlemen have done, just go and take a look at their fine cylinder press. I have seen men delighted when getting coupled and when the baby--the first baby, of course--was born, but when this fine press began to shape up its anatomy in the best print shop in Rogue River Valley, the bosses just issued bucketsful of delight from their eyes. I was there, you see, can't fool me. Then there were the boys that sling type, my, my, they were away up in the third story, working like beavers to get the big press in place and grinning like opossums all the while. Everybody "kinder" likes the Mail and have had it hinted to them more than once that the proprietors are hustlers from away back, and no one is surprised to see the Mail break the newspaper record in this valley. Grit and brain is what makes the dust so thick back where the other fellows are. I have got pretty well acquainted with the boys. Go around and see them; they will use you right and while you are there don't forget to subscribe for the liveliest paper in Southern Oregon.
    No one knows who wrote this, but it's about straight goods all the same. It you don't believe it just go around print-day and see and be convinced.
DICK.
Medford Mail, November 23, 1894, page 3


    Last Sunday quite a number of friends came in to help me celebrate my sixty-ninth birthday, they having been invited by Mrs. Howlett without my knowledge. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Severance, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Moomaw and daughter, Virginia, Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Robinett, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Lewis, Mesdames E. Sinclare and A. M. Thomas, and J. J. Fryer and grandson, Austin Green. After dinner Mrs. Harry Carlton and Miss Lottie Taylor came in and enlivened the occasion with some fine music. Altogether it made me feet quite young, and I hope that we may have many more such pleasant reunions.
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, March 22, 1901, page 5


    Mrs. Howlett has opened a boarding house in Eagle Point.
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, April 12, 1901, page 5


    Mrs. A. C. Howlett, of Eagle Point, Jackson County, has been visiting her brother, A. W. Cooke.
"Damascus," Oregon City Enterprise, February 28, 1902, page 2


    Mrs. A. M. Thomas has been tearing away the old fence around her property and replacing it with a new one. A. C. Howlett has also been remodeling his fence and taking more land into his home place.
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, March 14, 1902, page 5


Never Saw a Trolley Car.
    A. C. Howlett and two daughters arrived in Oregon City Saturday last from Medford, Oregon, having completed the overland journey of 315 miles in a wagon. Mr. Howlett is 73 years of age and never saw a trolley car until his advent in Oregon City, but has not seen the town for forty years. Needless to say, he was much astonished at the changes which have occurred here since that time. While here is visiting his brother-in-law, J. J. Cooke. After his visit here is completed, he will return home the way he came, following the old road used by the Oregon & California stage before the building of the railroad.
Oregon City Courier, August 19, 1904, page 5


    ALFRED COBB HOWLETT. One of the best-informed men in Jackson County on pioneer conditions in this section of Oregon is Alfred Cobb Howlett, proprietor and manager of the Sunnyside Hotel at Eagle Point. His residence in this county covers a period of forty-five years, and during that time he has been identified with various activities and has engaged in different occupations, and many are the interesting reminiscences he can relate of his early days in Oregon. He was born in Augusta, Maine, on the 16th of March, 1832, and is a son of James and Mary (Cobb) Howlett. The father was born in Boston, Massachusetts, his natal day being the 4th of March, 1801, while the mother's birth occurred in Lynn, Massachusetts, on the 3rd of April, 1803. Soon after their marriage they went to Maine, residing in hat state until 1838, when they removed to Missouri, settling in Boone County. In 1849 the father and his two eldest sons, James Henry and our subject, went to California. They made the journey with an ox team, going by way of New Mexico to Los Angeles, and spent the winter just outside of that city at San Gabriel Mission. That spring they engaged in mining and subsequently went to Amador County, California and there continued their prospecting for a time, and then engaged in the mercantile business. They continued to be identified with this until 1852, when they went to the Suisun Valley and engaged in ranching. In 1856 they were joined by the mother and the remainder of the family, who came around the Horn. They made their home in the Suisun Valley until the father's death in January, 1875, after which the mother returned to the East and lived with her daughter at Evanston, Illinois, until she passed away in 1886. During his early life James Howlett engaged in the manufacture of tobacco for the European trade on what was an extensive scale for that time. He was a very religious man, however, and feeling that he could no longer conscientiously deal in this commodity he withdrew from the business entirely. Later he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, and the latter years of his life were devoted to farming and church work. He was a local Methodist preacher and supplied many pulpits in California during the pioneer period. Both the father and mother were people of rare culture and education, and Mrs. Howlett, who was reared in the Quaker faith, was for many years a regular contributor to the Ladies' Repository of New York City, a very popular household periodical of that period. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Howlett numbered ten, six of whom, four sons and two daughters, lived to attain maturity, our subject being the second son.
     Alfred Cobb Howlett was a youth of seventeen years when he came to California with his father and brother, and had already assumed the duties of manhood. His early education was acquired in the common schools of Missouri, but this was later supplemented by a year's study in the academy at Vacaville, California. During the first four years of his residence here, from 1850 to 1854, he worked in the mines, and later he assisted with the operation of the home ranch in the Suisun Valley, remaining there until 1857. He subsequently decided to enter the service of the church and in 1858 he was licensed to preach, and the following year he was admitted to membership in the conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In October, 1861, he began his duties as circuit preacher in Oregon with headquarters at Eugene. His circuit embraced sixteen appointments covering a territory of one hundred and seventy-five miles, and he visited each place of appointment once a month. In the fall of 1862 he was transferred to the Oregon City circuit, and the next year he was given charge of the field at Yreka, California. After a year's service in this circuit he was located at Williamsburg, Josephine County, and there terminated his work as a circuit rider. In 1867 he came to Jackson County, settling at Eagle Point, where he taught school during the week and preached on Sunday. He was later forced to abandon this, as the exposure and hard work while on the circuit was beginning to tell on his health, so he went up into the mountains to live until he should be well and strong again. In 1868 he withdrew from the Methodist conference and located on a ranch adjacent to Eagle Point, where he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits and stock-raising, but his Sundays were still devoted to religious work, and he held church services every week at various places in the community, and performed such other duties as usually devolve upon a home missionary. Subsequently he removed to Eagle Point and went into the hotel business, and in 1901 he erected the present Sunnyside Hotel. It is most delightfully located, fronting on Little Butte Creek, and commands a beautiful view of the surrounding valley. In connection with the management of his hotel, Mr. Howlett is still operating his ranch of one hundred and forty-seven acres, which is one of the well-improved and valuable properties of the community. Ever since September, 1856, he has also been a contributor to the press, many of his articles appearing in the Pacific Methodist of San Francisco. For more than forty years he has been a newspaper correspondent and for the past twenty-seven years has written from one to three letters each week for publication. He possesses a marvelous capacity for work and is most versatile and so intelligently commands his forces that anything he undertakes is performed most capably and efficiently. Mr. Howlett has rendered notable service to the community where he has resided for so many years in various capacities and has the distinction of having organized the first Sunday school in this part of the county, which was convened on Bear Creek.
     In July, 1863, in the vicinity of Oregon City, Mr. Howlett was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Elizabeth Cooke, who was born in Lafayette County, Missouri, on the 31st of December, 1847. In 1852, at the age of five years, she crossed the plains to Oregon with her parents, William Willis and Martha Jane (Young) Cooke, who located at Oregon City. The father was a native of North Carolina and the mother of Missouri, but they both passed away in Clackamas County, this state. To Mr. and Mrs. Howlett there were born thirteen children, six of whom died in infancy, the others being as follows: Walter Henry, who is living in Muskogee, Oklahoma; Alfred Willis, who died at the age of fourteen years; Sarah, the wife of James M. Lewis, of Meadow Lake, Washington; Mildred Maria, who married C. E. Hoyt, of Fort Klamath, Oregon; Octavia Grace, the wife of Grant Shaw, of Fairview, Oregon; Lucy Hattie, who is at home; and Agnes Love, also at home.
     The family affiliate with the Congregational Church, Mr. Howlett having joined the East Willamette Association of Congregational Churches in 1907, since which he has been engaged in home and missionary work for this organization. He is one of the highly esteemed and widely known residents of the county, and has hosts of friends, as he is a man who strives to put into practice in his everyday life those principles which he advocates others adopting. He has always been a hard worker, and as he is a capable business man he has succeeded in his undertakings, thus acquiring a comfortable competence and some valuable property. Despite the fact that he has attained the venerable age of eighty years he is still leading an active life and gives his personal supervision to his various interests, his energy and enterprise putting to shame many a man years his junior.
Joseph Gaston, The Centennial History of Oregon, vol. III, 1912, pages 307-308



    Mrs. A. C. Howlett of Eagle Point left Thursday morning for Klamath Falls to visit her daughter, Mrs. C. E. Hoyt.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, January 25, 1912, page 2


    A. C. Howlett was in town last week. He is an old resident of Eagle Point and runs the Sunnyside Hotel. He has reached his eighty-second year and states that for the last twenty-nine years he has written from one to four pieces of news and articles each week, all of which have found publication.
"Local and Personal," Ashland Tidings, April 16, 1914, page 6



EIGHTY-FOUR YEARS YOUNG
    One of the most devoted contributors to the Sunday-School Society is Rev. A. C. Howlett, of Eagle Point, Oregon. Mr. Howlett was born in Augusta, Maine, March 16, 1832. In his young boyhood his family moved to Missouri, and thence he went with his father by ox team to Los Angeles in 1849. He decided to enter the ministry, and was ordained in the Methodist Church, being stationed in Eugene, Oregon, in 1861. His circuit there embraced sixteen appointments. He covered a territory of 175 miles, visiting each appointment once a month. After strenuous service in several fields in Oregon and California, he settled at Eagle Point, forty-nine years ago, where he has rendered large service as a teacher, preacher, and newspaper correspondent. He has been blessed with thirteen children.
    Mr. Howlett became deeply interested in the work of the Sunday-School Society through the services of Rev. M. C. Davis, and united with the Congregational denomination. He has been a most helpful traveling companion and friend to Mr. Davis in all his work. In addition, Mr. Howlett contributes regularly each month a generous sum toward the work of the Society. We believe the friends of the work will be glad to look upon the picture of this noble, Christian pioneer who has seen marvelous developments in our country during the eighty-four fruitful years of his life.
The American Missionary, October 1916, page 365


    Mrs. A. C. Howlett and daughter and Messrs. Ringer and Edsell of Eagle Point were guests in the A. H. Peachey home on Lincoln Street, Sunday. Mrs. Howlett is manager of the Sunnyside Hotel in Eagle Point.
"Local and Personal," Ashland Tidings, February 15, 1917, page 14


    Probably the oldest newspaper correspondent in Oregon is A. C. Howlett, of Eagle Point, Jackson County. He is 85 years old and has been doing out-of-town correspondence for Jackson County newspapers for 51 years. He never owned a newspaper and never worked in a newspaper office. His journalistic experience has consisted entirely of writing up arrivals and departures, births, deaths, marriages and divorces from the small town where he resides. He has not missed a week for 32 years. All the reports that he has sent in, if gathered up, would make a sort of Anglo-Saxon chronicle for his home town.
"Forty Years Spent on Jobs by Several Men Prominent in Oregon Affairs," Oregonian, Portland, March 4, 1917, page 50


    Though more than 90 years of age, Rev. A. C. Howlett, veteran newspaper correspondent for the past 50 years, is as spry as many a man much his junior. Rev. Howlett is in the city today from Eagle Point and is enjoying the many lessons gleaned from attending the Price revival meetings.

"Local and Personal," Ashland Tidings, October 4, 1922, page 4


OBITUARY
    HOWLETT--Alfred Cobb Howlett died at his home in Eagle Point, Ore., May 21, of an illness of the past four weeks, aged 92 years, two months, five days. He was born at Augusta, Maine, March 16, 1932, grandson of Thomas Cobb, who joined the Revolutionary Army at the age of 17 years. Marched with it from Halifax, Nova Scotia, his native home, to West Point. He was drummer boy in the command of General Knox. He was at Valley Forge when General Lafayette visited the army and furnished them with shoes and blankets. He was trying to make himself a pair of shoes of the legs of his boots. He remained with the army until the war closed and was mustered out at Yorktown. Having joined the Society of Friends (Quakers, as they are often called), he was very reticent on the subject of battles, but appeared perfectly acquainted with all the circumstances of Lexington and Bunker Hill battles. When pensions were offered he refused to make application for it, saying he considered it the wages of unrighteousness. My grandfather gave me the best idea of General Washington of anyone I ever heard speak of him. He said the impression he ever gave was that it would be useless to attempt to enlist his interest in anything unimportant. He said he had heard him in his tent at night pleading with God in prayer for the success of the cause.
    Mr. Howlett crossed the plains with his father in 1849 to California over the Santa Fe Trail. He went to school and followed mining until 1861, coming to Oregon, and was ordained a Methodist minister. He was a circuit rider on the Eugene circuit, following the circuit for two years, going from there to Oregon City, following that circuit for two years, where he was married to Sarah E. Cook, July 16, 1863, and to this union were born 13 children, five sons and eight daughters. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Elizabeth, and four daughters, Mrs. Sarah Lewis, Four Lakes, Washington; Mrs. Millie Hoyt, Fort Klamath, Ore.; Mrs. Tavia Shaw, Portland, Ore.; Miss Hattie Howlett, Eagle Point, Ore.
    He served as circuit rider, Jackson County, 1864-65; Yreka, California, 1867, and Josephine County, 1868, moving to Eagle Point in 1869, residing there ever since. He was a kindly and lovable man and was highly respected by all who knew him. For the past sixty years he had written for different newspapers. In 1910 he joined the Congregational Church. He has one sister living, Mrs. Lucy Prescott Vane, Los Angeles, Cal., aged 97 years. Six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren preceded him.
    Funeral services were held at the home in Eagle Point, Friday at 3 p.m., May 23rd, 1924, Rev. Mark C. Davis of Wolf Creek, Ore. officiating, the sermon topic being taken from John 14:2 and I Peter 1-4.
    Mrs. S. Childreth, choir leader, was assisted by Mrs. Mittlesteadt. Mrs. Weidman, Mrs. Guy Pruitt, Mrs. Roy Smith, Mrs. Gus Nichols and W. Perry Lou Smith, W. Childreth, Roy Smith, Floyd Pierce, John Smith, honorary pallbearers.
    A profuse and beautiful floral tribute was furnished by a host of friends.
    Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Perl, undertaker, Medford, Ore., had charge of the funeral, and interment was at the Antelope Cemetery, Jackson County, Oregon.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 26, 1924, page 8


Alfred Howlett, Oregon Pioneer, Writes "Thirty"
Familiar Figure in Public Life in Southern Oregon for Many Years Passes On

    ASHLAND, May 26.--Perhaps the best known and familiar man in public life in Southern Oregon was removed from life Wednesday, when Alfred Cobb Howlett, pioneer newspaperman and Methodist pastor, passed away at his home in Eagle Point at the age of 92 years.
    He is known to many as the genial proprietor of the Sunnyside Inn in Eagle Point, where he was prone to tell stories of the days when he was a circuit rider in the Willamette Valley, and in the Siskiyous and Josephine County.
    In 1879 he was a correspondent on the Valley Record, an old publication here, and prior to that time had contributed articles to the Sentinel, a pioneer Oregon publication. For the past few years his homely notes known as "Eagle Point Eaglets" in the Tribune have been read with as much satisfaction as the aged author wrote them.
    He is survived by his wife and four daughters. Funeral services were held at Eagle Point. Interment was made in Antelope Cemetery. Rev. M. C. Davis of Wolf Creek, an old friend, conducted services.
Klamath News, Klamath Falls, May 27, 1924, page 4




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